Friday, 11 September 2015

SPHPM researcher attends the 12th Cambridge Diabetes Seminar

SPHPM’s Ms Mutsa Mutowo recently attended the 12th Cambridge Diabetes Seminar (CDS) at Clare College, Cambridge. CDS was established in 1981 to provide training in epidemiological methods with specific application to diabetes mellitus. Mutsa’s PhD focuses on the burden of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension in Zimbabwe.

The format of the seminar is a week-long residential course with officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) providing lectures and encouraging debates amongst participants.

In addition, the fifty participants from different countries give an oral presentation on their current research. This is similar to a candidature review but much shorter time wise, with questions and feedback on the research from the group. Among the lecturers was Dr Peter Bennett who is internationally regarded as one of the leading experts in the field of diabetes research.

 “The course not only provided didactic training, but was an important point of connection to a growing network of researchers,” Mutsa said.

Mutsa presented on the complications of type 2 diabetic patients attending Harare Central hospital, a public hospital in Zimbabwe with results from the data she has collected for her research. The most common comorbidity for diabetic patients was found to be hypertension, while complications ranged from peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, diabetic foot, congestive cardiac failure, chronic kidney disease, stroke, and low/libido impotence. Mutsa said it was a great opportunity to share ideas and get advice from the visiting academics, PhD students and researchers.


The organisers of the seminar conducted a walking historic tour of Cambridge including a visit to The Eagle where Watson and Crick announced the discovery of the double helix DNA, as well as the different colleges where famous academics like Einstein and Newton studied.

“I highly recommend SPHPM researchers in the field of diabetes to apply to attend the 13th CDS to be held next year. The seminar provides a great networking opportunity for participants from many places and backgrounds to discuss, debate and collaborate,” Mutsa said.

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